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NYC IS FULL OF FAKE BUILDING 🏚 WHY
Where To Find The Fake Facades Of New York City
One of the most well-known fake facades in NYC can be found in Brooklyn. The street on which this fake building resides is nothing out of the ordinary and, upon first glance, no one would notice anything out of the ordinary. However, at 58 Joralemon Street, there's one building that stands out just slightly from the rest. Whereas the buildings flanking it on either side have a real brick exterior and bright, open windows, this one is the opposite. The color of the paint on its 'bricks' is a deeper shade and its windows, while realistic, are always pitch black. This is the first tip-off that something isn't altogether right with the building.
According to historians, the building was built in 1847 and still features many of the original details from its Greek Revival-style architecture. Originally, it wasn't meant to be a fake facade and was converted back in 1908. Its purpose then - which is the same purpose that it serves now - was to become part of a vent fan for the subway. Therefore, the facade hides both the fan as well as an emergency exit for the surrounding buildings. Joralemon Street is not the only one in the city's five boroughs that has been constructed in order to hide a subway vent. They exist in Manhattan, as well, as part of the plan that was proposed back in 1906 by the chief subway tunnel engineer. It's easy to imagine that all of that exhaust and the fumes let off by the subway would need to escape the ground somehow; thus, fake facades hide these subway vents that prevent it from building up underground.
Joralemon Street is a unique example due to the fact that the historic home was entirely gutted in the process of becoming a subway vent.
Additional Fake Facades In NYC
There are many to be found around the city, and those interested in these unique - albeit, fake - buildings can find them here:
Lower East Side Toys - rear entrance at 103 Norfolk St.
Hudson Street Psychic - located at 510 Hudson St.
Phone Booth - Located at 113 St. Marks Place
Doyers Street Chemist - Down Doyers Street, there's a sign for a chemist and, in the window, visitors will find old, antique apothecary-style bottles. While it appears as though the store itself has long since been abandoned, in reality, the door brings visitors into Apothéke, a mixology bar.
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